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    Windows Azure Evolves Features

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    Windows Azure is always evolving to include new capabilities and recently there was a number of them that were introduced that I wanted to highlight: ExpressRoute Preview Launch E xpressRoute is a new capability available in Windows Azure allowing...
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    Project Siena

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    Microsoft Project Siena (code name) is the beta release of a new technology for business experts, business analysts, consultants, and other app imagineers. Now, without any programming, you can create powerful apps for the device-first and cloud-connected...
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    Windows Azure HDInsight Now Available

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    It seems as of late that I’ve been on an Azure kick which, if I’m honest is because I’ve been doing a lot of work in that space. Of course I haven’t forgotten my ALM and TFS roots (I submit exhibit B9 as evidence your honor) so...
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    Windows Azure SDK v2.2 for .NET

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    With the recent release of Windows Azure SDK v2.2 for .NET, this version of the SDK extends Visual Studio 2013 to enable an end to end experience for developers to target Windows Azure, including creating, configuring, debugging, deploying and diagnosing...
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    TFS and VS 2013 Released

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    2013 is shaping up to be another big year for releases especially around the developer tool sets. Visual Studio (VS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) have been substantially updated and both pack a lot of functionality into their latest incarnations....
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    Building a Release Pipeline with TFS

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    Leaders in the world of online businesses have shrunk the timeline for software delivery from months to days or even hours. No matter what size business you have, customers now expect features such as real-time customer service and frequent releases of...
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    Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools

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    It seems just yesterday that I mentioned the Power Tools for TFS 2012 and the benefits that it provides. Fast forward to today and the Power Tools for TFS 2013 are now available and have all been updated to work with VS 2013 and TFS 2013. As is the norm...
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    Visual Studio 2013 RC Available

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    The latest and greatest installment of Visual Studio is now available for download . There have been several product enhancements (new tools for line of business applications, Web applications, games, mobile devices, services and of course applications...
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    .NET Framework 4.5.1 Preview

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    Things are moving quite fast nowadays and while it's hard to keep up with every new piece of technology that's being introduced, some warrant more time than others. To that end, the .NET Framework 4.5.1 Preview released a few months ago includes a set...
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    Windows Azure SDK v2.1 for .NET

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    Trying to keep up with the latest and greatest SDK's is sometimes a dizzying task but such as life when dealing with technology. That said, SDK v2.1 of the Windows Azure SDK for .NET was recently released. This is a major refresh of the Windows Azure...
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    Azure SQL Data Premium Now Available

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    Recently at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), Satya Nadella announced a new Premium service for Windows Azure SQL Database that delivers more predictable performance for business-critical applications. This limited preview has now been expanded...
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    InRelease for Visual Studio 2013 Preview

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    Microsoft has announced the availability of a free downloadable preview of InRelease for Visual Studio 2013. I would encourage all developers to try it, along with their Visual Studio 2013 Preview, and share their feedback. The download of InRelease for...
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    Holy //BUILD Batman!

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    I thought the previous //BUILD conferences ( 2012 | 2011 ) had a lot of content but this year definitely surpassed it. Although I couldn’t do the whole conference justice in a single blog post, here are a few key highlights: Windows 8.1 Preview...
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    Visual Studio 2013

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    Today, Microsoft announced Visual Studio 2013, the next release of is integrated developer tools solution for building modern applications for devices, the cloud and on the client. Visual Studio 2013 Preview software will be released at Build 2013. ...
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    Developing a Windows Store Business App

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    Microsoft patterns & practices recently announced the latest addition to the patterns & practices library of software architecture guidance: Developing a Windows Store Business App using C#, XAML, and Prism. This guidance illustrates how to...
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    WebMatrix 3 Released

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    For those that aren’t aware, WebMatrix (available for download here ) is a free, lightweight web development tool that was first introduced in 2010 which provides a great, focused web development experience for ASP.NET, PHP, and Node.js. New...
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    Windows Azure Training and SDK

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    Cloud development is becoming more and more prevalent which is why having the ability to access training and an SDK is something every company in that space should/needs to provide. To that end, the following training kit and SDK created by Microsoft...
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    Microsoft Enterprise Library 6 and Unity 3 Released

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    What is Enterprise Library? Microsoft Enterprise Library is a popular collection of reusable software components (called application blocks) designed to address common cross-cutting concerns of enterprise application developers (such as logging, validation...
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    Windows Azure IaaS is Live

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    Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, Virtual Machines and Virtual Network are now generally available (GA)! With this announcement these new services make it possible for you to move your applications into the cloud as is. This announcement also...
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    Working with OneNote 2013

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    I remember when school mainly consisted of pens/pencils and good ol’ fashion paper notebooks. Of today’s technology hasn’t totally eliminated these methods of note taking but when it comes to the “digital lifestyle”, you...
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    Visual Studio 2012 Update 2

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    Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2) is now available for download. Just as with VS2012.1, this release contains important fixes as well as a wealth of new functionality, addressing feedback received from the community and aligning with key software...
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    Build 2013 Developer Conference

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    I can't believe almost 6 months has passed since the last Build conference . This year the event will be held between June 26–28 in San Francisco where Microsoft will share what's next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio, and...
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    ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 Update

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    If may be difficult to track what's being released when but the recently released ASP.NET and Web Tools 2012.2 update is one you should definitely take note of. This update makes no changes to the existing ASP.NET runtime, is fully compatible with existing...
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    Getting Hired At Microsoft

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    Have you ever wanted to talk with those that have been hired at a great company and learn about their experience? What training did they receive? How about real world experience they have gained while supporting a diverse customer base and being challenged...
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    Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes

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    The ALM Rangers have released the eBook: Better Unit Testing with Microsoft Fakes and it’s available via Codeplex . This eBook contains practical guidance for migrating to and unit testing with Microsoft Fakes. Practical walk-throughs allow you...
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